Guillermo Del Toro Discusses HULK TV Show & FRANKENSTEIN

Director Guillermo del Toro ("Pacific Rim") recently chatted with Shock Till You Drop about his upcoming projects; Frankenstein and the Hulk television series that he is creating for ABC.

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By nailbiter111 - 10/3/2012
It's fair to say that Guillermo del Toro is a very busy man, as it seems his name is always attached to multiple projects no matter what year it is. One such project that he has been working on is his own Frankenstein film. He tells Shock Till You Drop that Universal Co-Chairman, Donna Langley, has put the film on track, and Guillermo and his team will begin working on the script. He envisions that the script will take a couple years to complete.


Shock: How has the story remained relevant?

Del Toro: I think it will never go away. Because some figures you can reinterpret in so many ways. You can do Tarzan in space, Tarzan in the future, Tarzan in the past. You can do Frankenstein as a metaphor for consumerism. You can do Frankenstein as a metaphor for the loneliness of man. You can do Sherlock Holmes in London 2012. You can do Sherlock Holmes in World War II. They are timeless. So Frankenstein is one of these characters, in this gallery, that belong to humanity. Their stories will be repeated time and again, and we will be telling them for as long as we are human.

Shock: One could argue there’s never been an entirely successful version of Frankenstein that’s remained very faithful to Shelly’s novel. Do you see yours as that version, or will it be a looser interpretation?

Del Toro: I think the moment that the only quality you can claim is faithfulness… It’s a very difficult, tricky slope. Because then anytime that you deviate from that, you’re betraying the very goal you submitted. I’m being very faithful to trying to encompass the whole narrative of the novel. I’m being very faithful in that I’m trying to capture the spirit of the novel, when I read it as a kid, and how it impacted me. I recognize that it’s both biography and prophecy about my life. It’s a very personal film. In many ways it’s the most personal film I’ll ever make, because my connection with the creature is very profound and deep and I don’t think there’s any other monster that has affected me as much.



Of course most fans are eagerly awaiting an update on the Hulk television series that Guillermo has been working on for the past few years. Nothing really new to report as he reiterates that the project is on hold, waiting for an unidentified writer to come on board and help rewrite the pilot.


Del Toro: Right now all I know is the official word I was given is that there’s a writer they want. They are very interested in me meeting with him. He’s very, very busy. The official word is we are holding, but I don’t know… After Avengers having the success it had, perhaps the fate of the project may change. Right now officially what I know – and I’m not hiding anything off the record or anything – is that we were told we were waiting for this writer, and we were going to do it with him.

Shock: If it moves forward, would you still like to direct the pilot?

Del Toro: Of course. The reason is that the superheroes I like and that I would like to get involved with are all monsters. Be it Swamp Thing, Etrigan [the Demon], Doctor Strange – which is not a monster, but…

Shock: A dark fantasy saga.

Del Toro: Yeah. Certainly supernatural. I would love to do Morbius [the Living Vampire],
Blade – they have to be monsters for me to be involved.


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jimoakley666 - 10/3/2012, 3:31 PM
Stephen Moffat after his visit to Marvel HQ?
StarSpangledBruce - 10/3/2012, 3:36 PM
Guillermo del Toro has to be busy as hell with all the projects he's working on right now.
KaneVonDoom - 10/3/2012, 3:43 PM
Please Please Please do Dr Strange.
marvel72 - 10/3/2012, 3:56 PM
well it doesn't look like we're gonna get a second hulk movie,so fingers crossed the tv show happens sooner rather than later.

del toro swamp thing based on the new 52 arc would be awesome as would the alan moore run.
JerBear - 10/3/2012, 4:13 PM
He said Dr.Strange guys... he said Dr. Strange. Guys! Dr. Strange!
Jollem - 10/3/2012, 4:26 PM
del toro + swamp thing based off of moore's run = awesome
nailbiter111 - 10/3/2012, 4:29 PM
too bad warner bros. doesn't own the rights to a swamp thing movie. they really should shell out the money and get them back.
jimpinto24 - 10/3/2012, 4:34 PM
Guillermo Del Toro would be better for Swap Thing.
blueorangeny - 10/3/2012, 4:45 PM
@ Nailbiter111 - what do you mean? who has the rights?
nailbiter111 - 10/3/2012, 4:51 PM
some foreign company. it's all [frick]ed up. del toro tried in the past to make it, but figuring out the rights got messy. I'll look into see if i can give you a better answer.
TheAbomination - 10/3/2012, 5:04 PM
The Hulk TV show is still happening? And Del Toro may possibly direct the pilot episode? Sweet. Hopefully the Leader will be a primary villain on this series!
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 10/3/2012, 5:09 PM
Etrigan! That would be sick!
Now on subject, how are they going to make the hulk look real with a television budget?
polarkyle - 10/3/2012, 5:12 PM
Why are they gonna make another hulk show when a new cartoon is coming out next year
spidey1610 - 10/3/2012, 5:14 PM
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be Stephen MOFFAT!
CCR - 10/3/2012, 5:23 PM
I've been waiting almost 30 years to see a proper Swamp Thing adaption, Del Toro using the Moore run as a template would be perfect. And then of course we'd get more Moore b!tching lol.
Moakynubs - 10/3/2012, 5:41 PM
Hulk COULD be great if it was a second MCU show. It could tie in or cross over with SHIELD or the movies, maybe.
TheAbomination - 10/3/2012, 5:42 PM
Grif, that actually sounds more logical. They may not be able to handle the visual effects required for Hulk on a TV budget. If this show doesn't happen, Del Toro might possibly become the writer/director of the next Hulk movie.
mctrinket - 10/3/2012, 5:51 PM
Strange!
eleven59 - 10/3/2012, 6:43 PM
If the hulk show, if it ever happens, isn't a part of the mcu, then it's a wasted opportunity and I'd rather have a movie and just keep the animation shows on tv... Same for shield series...
WruceBane - 10/3/2012, 6:51 PM
You know which writer they're waiting for? Joss Wheadon.

And he is very, very busy at the moment.
JonStarkgaryen - 10/3/2012, 7:04 PM
Wruce, What else is he working on right now other than Avengers 2? Just curious...
foxfan - 10/3/2012, 7:08 PM
Wow, so glad he knows what he wants to do and chooses to work on those kinds of projects. I like that.
elessarundomiel2382 - 10/3/2012, 7:16 PM
I say give Dr. Strange to Peter Jackson
Gromblidor - 10/3/2012, 7:27 PM
OMG! I would love to see him do any of these characters especially The Demon!
exodus147 - 10/3/2012, 7:32 PM
Really? No one noticed? Does he really think DC is going to let Etrigan the Demon team up with Marvels Hulk? Is that really the extent of his comic knowledge? Cause we've seen the difference between directors that love the characters and directors that don't know the character at all.
Boogie138 - 10/3/2012, 7:55 PM
@exodus147: what are you talking about?
pintoman - 10/3/2012, 8:04 PM
The one-act show that is Del Toro ("has to be monsters") will become Burton-esque. Probably a behind-the-scenes reason Del Toro was moved off Hobbit. The Hobbit isn't about just monsters.
AmazingFantasy - 10/3/2012, 8:35 PM
Del-Toro is so busy.

Drop it and make a film.
lokibane2012 - 10/3/2012, 9:25 PM
If Marvel is so dead set on letting Hulk have his independent series, then just shell out some extra bucks they made from the Avengers to let Del Toro do a full-fledged movie.
FoxForce5 - 10/3/2012, 9:27 PM
I've got to agree with WruceBane - if they're waiting for someone to do a rewrite, it's Joss. That's why he's being so coy about who's writing it and why he mentioned the success of the Avengers changing the fate of the project - cause they now know that they have to set it in the MCU.

Of course, I have to admit that if I'm wrong, then Grif's theory might be right.
Oxbow - 10/3/2012, 10:06 PM
why make a hulk without movie quality fx and ruffalo on board? that would be very easy to mess up..
breakUbatman - 10/4/2012, 12:19 AM
Like his comment about faithfulness
Inhuman - 10/4/2012, 2:21 AM
this show wont be MCU related
Inhuman - 10/4/2012, 2:22 AM
del toro would make a great planet hulk
preacher - 10/4/2012, 6:54 AM
@pintoman-Really? "The one-act show that is Del Toro ("has to be monsters") will become Burton-esque." ?

Obviously you haven't seen The Devil's Backbone? Ok, if you consider a ghost to be a monster then you may be correct.

Back to the topic at hand: SWAMP THING!!!!!!! Especially Moore's version. LOVED that series! [frick]in creepy as hell and Wrightson's artwork was amazing!
preacher - 10/4/2012, 6:58 AM
oh and again @pintoman-Pan's Labyrinth wasn't "just about monsters" either. The list could go on and on if I counted the movies he produced or executive produced. Not all monster movies or the ones that are, not JUST about monsters. Much like the Hobbit. I HIGHLY doubt that was the cause of him leaving.
preacher - 10/4/2012, 7:01 AM
If you want to go that route, then the same could be said about Peter Jackson, except for Bag of Bones and Heavenly Creatures (I feel like I'm leaving one out. Maybe not. Oh wait, Meet the Feebles!). He primarily did "monster" movies.Such as Dead Alive, Bad Taste, The Frighteners (again, ghosts), King Kong and then the Lord of the Rings series.
ComicBookGoth - 10/4/2012, 7:36 AM
give'em Doc strange or Swamp Thing.




and then give us our DagonDamned Lovecraft Movie!

Tymminator - 10/4/2012, 9:12 AM
Before it was said not to be in the MCU, but the success of the Avengers might be one of the things that indeed changes that.
marvelstudios - 10/4/2012, 9:37 AM
This Hulk tv show idea is sooooooo stupid. The people would much prefer a TIH2 not some Hulk show with crappy cgi. No disrespect to Del Toro though.
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